My essay in the Atlantic: On ebooks, writers, and the myth of solitude

By Carl Zimmer | October 14, 2010 10:40 am

Over at the Atlantic, I describe my experience creating an ebook. First lesson: I don’t want to be the author of a Microsoft Word file. Check it out.

My deep thanks to Alexis Madrigal, the technology editor at the Atlantic, for inviting me to contribute my thoughts.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Brains, Meta, Writing Elsewhere

Comments (3)

  1. johnk

    “Short form” seems like a real step forward. I’m looking forward to amazon’s ‘singles’. I’ve bought too many books that are little more than magazine pieces, awkwardly stretched to book length.

  2. Darren Garrison

    Re: “Kindle Singles”, for a few years Amazon had a little-mentioned section called “Amazon Shorts” (or something similar) where you could publish short fiction or non-fiction. That seems to have been abandoned now, though. Too bad, there was one short there that would have appealed to Loom readers– “The Second Coming of Charles Darwin” by James Morrow. It features a Creationist, a time machine, and the Galapagos.

  3. outeast

    Alas – but as has become normal in the world of ebook publishing – your new ebook is unavailable outside of specific markets.


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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